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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Errors We Live By Posts

Fast essays on fixable flaws in the ideas running our lives.

Errors We Live By

Happiness Should Be A Verb

4 months ago

A new “happiness” is needed. The goal many pursue now ignores useful old wisdom and the logic of our biology. A verb capturing the necessary recurring effort would improve on a noun describing a desired static state. Many now simply equate happiness with maximizing pleasure. But even the ...

Errors We Live By

What Independence Needs: A Small Test

5 months ago

Key logic in America’s founding documents is now neglected. Let’s test your grasp of what workable independence requires: 1. What does “the Declaration” list as the first justification for America’s Independence? 2. What does the Constitution define as government’s role, after providing ...

Errors We Live By

All Meaning Is Relational

5 months ago

All meaning is relational (otherwise it’s potentially useless and unhealthy). That’s true for both senses of meaning, and Nozick’s “Pleasure Machine” shows why workable individualism must be relational. 1. Individualism’s definition includes seeking your “own goals without reference to ...

Errors We Live By

You Are By Nature Self-Deficient

5 months ago

You are by nature self-deficient. Your constitution guarantees it, initially, chronically, and inalienably. Biology defying individualistic ideas now hide these once self-evident truths. 1. Though the opposite is claimed, no human has ever been “born alone” and survived. Being human means being ...

Errors We Live By

Nothing In Nature Works Quite Like Money

6 months ago

Nothing in nature works quite like money. Or seems as complex as an economy. I’d welcome counterexamples, but something seems fishy. 1. Here’s the usual big picture: Competitive markets allocate resources efficiently. Money stores value and enables market exchange. Those ideas rest on ...